More information: The piece is a calligram with the main text: ” My hair is a constant exploration of my identity.” In addition, in the hair wrap it reads: “black is beautiful, Negro es un color preciosa.”
(2) ” We are Participants.” 18″x24″ pen and ink on watercolor paper. This piece is inspired by Saul Williams spoken word piece, Pedagogue of Young gods. Frequently I find myself playing it my car on the way to work or big events to remind myself who I am. The words around the hair and in the piece read: “We are participants in a ritual older than our collective memory. Without struggle there can be no progress.”
(3) ” Cannot be Taken.” 18″ x 24″ pen and ink on watercolor paper. This piece is also inspired by Saul Williams spoken word piece, Pedagogue of Young gods. The hair reads ” Education is the only thing given that cannot be taken,” I believe it is something men and women of color must remember.
Flavia Zuniga-West is a mixed-race artist, educator, dancer, wife, and mother. Growing up she rarely saw artwork or images depicting people of color, specifically women of color, and so her art work dissects, explores, and celebrates multi-racial identity and what it means to be a woman of color. Her pen and ink calligrams confront issues of gender, sexuality, and ethnic stereotypes by celebrating the female form and by interposing the voices of people of color into each work. She hopes that by celebrating often overlooked identities, other mixed raced women will feel empowered and cherished. She now plans to create a series focusing on men since she has become a mother of a beautiful Blaxican baby boy this July.